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    Posted: 23 Jun 2022 at 9:38am
wasn't sure where to put this query - but, does anyone have any experience of using an audiophile network switch - such as the melco s100?

i use a bluesound streamer, and keen to try and bring that up to as close to my TT. i thought that the way to do it would be to add a good DAC (e.g. majestic), however a couple of chaps have suggested that my first port of call would be to sort the network switch to an "audiophile" standard and then choose a different streamer - so would entail the usual upgrade path....

any thoughts would be much appreciated.

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Haven't seen or heard one, but the sceptic in me thinks there are better ways to spend £2k. Would a network switch be the weakest link in the chain from streaming service to your DAC? For instance your modem and router certainly won't be "Audiophile Quality".
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@backinblack - many thanks for your response. my modem and router are probably not audiophile, i think the switch is meant to sit between the network switch i have that feeds all the wifi discs and hard wired ports i have around the house. this switch, allegedly, removes noise and all the associated benefits.. but as you say you can spend £2k in other ways too..

to be honest i was sceptical re: power conditioners, but i could hear an improvement when i trialled one.. 

i may get one on trial and see what happens - just didn't want to go down the route of getting a separate dac and realise i could/should make changes further up the chain.. and spend on a new streamer



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Charlie,
I know that (some) power conditioners can make a marked improvement and there are sound technical reasons for these improvements. Digital noise is most certainly a nuisance and impacts audio equipment performance in many ways if care is not taken in system and equipment design.
If you can try this particular switch for no real cost, then that is surely the best way of assessing it's capabilities. I look forward to hearing whether it does bring a perceived improvement.

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